As a community based non-profit organization, the Center for Out-Of-Court Divorce provided services for a wide variety of families with children, including families with same-sex parents or never-married couples seeking co-parenting assistance. Our service model required that both parents consent to work together and engage equally in the process.
My ex-husband & I found COCD to be compassionate, supportive, friendly & understanding. They assisted us with our divorce while we lived in two separate countries! We began the reasonably priced process in February & the judge ruled our divorce final in August. The counseling COCD provided our two children was outstanding! I know through others this process can typically drag out & become extremely expensive. That was far from our experience thanks to this amazing organization. We are grateful for having stumbled across COCD & have already recommended them to several friends. I know this was the right decision for our family.
I joke that I would have paid just the Center just to sit with Judge Hyatt versus having to go to the courthouse. That was worth it in and of itself. As people who are relatively law abiding, the thought of going into the courthouse and sitting in front of the judge just feels terrifying. Being able to come to the Center, sit , have a cup of coffee and talk through things as opposed just splitting things side to side, was incredible. It was just a conversation, and felt like an extension of that same support where they look at your situation for what it is as opposed to being this didactic thing. They listen to the nuance, they see the interactions and they make the best judgments that they can from that. As much as it’s a dreadful day on your calendar, it was what I like to call “the optimal suboptimal.” It was the best that day could have ever gone.
The support group was an incredibly positive experience for both of them, and they definitely felt safe and loved. They looked forward to going every time, there was never a fight, and they were so bummed for it to come to an end. They called it their club, and they really, really liked the gals who lead it.